Microsoft is pushing its Office suite onto iOS and Android, but it won’t be arriving until the middle of next year – or that’s the latest word.
Previous speculation had marked this year down as the time when Microsoft would finally stop ignoring Apple and Google’s giant mobile operating systems – a market it can ill afford to neglect with Office, especially seeing as Windows Phone (or indeed Windows RT) hasn’t made the giant strides Redmond had hoped for.
Indeed, the apps were expected to potentially be released quite soon.
However, a leaked roadmap shows that they won’t arrive on iOS/Android smartphones and tablets (well, presumably smartphones as well as tablets – particularly given the phablet craze) until the autumn of next year. This is according to ZDNet’s source.
ZDNet also notes that these apps may be tied to an Office 365 subscription – that would seem an obvious tactic for Microsoft to adopt – although the roadmap itself doesn’t mention that.
Office is of course the heavyweight of the productivity world, and much awaited on these mobile platforms – though it isn’t as if they’re without alternatives in the meantime.
Apple of course has its iWork suite, and on Android there are the likes of Officesuite Pro, Documents To Go, QuickOffice Pro, and of course Google Docs if you don’t mind going cloudy.